TRENCH Radio 126: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Louis Reynolds

Between SoundCloud, YouTube, Mixcloud and everything else, it can feel like we’re being overwhelmed by an impenetrable, almost infinite stream of music, often of varying quality. You need a soundtrack to start your weekend right, but you don’t have the requisite lifetime to trawl through the week’s new DJ mixes. To help you out, we’ve done the busy work for you. We’ll be running this series every single Friday of every single week to bring you the very finest house music, grime, techno, bashment, R&B, trap, D&B, Amapiano, and no doubt a bunch of stuff that doesn’t have a name yet.

Dive into TRENCH Radio’s best mixes of the week below.

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Tash LC for Mixmag

Continuing their Windrush 75 editorial series, spotlighting the Black British music born from and inspired by the Windrush generation, Mixmag tapped Tash LC for a new mix this week. Turning in an hour of solid gold dub, reggae and calypso, Tash takes us from the ‘60s to the ‘90s. There’s also a bit of a narrative arc, opening with Lord Kitchener’s optimistic “London Is The Place For Me” and finishing with Brown Sugar, a British-born reggae trio made up of Pauline Catlin, Caron Wheeler and Carol Simms. Sprinting through so many different musical developments is no mean feat, but Tash manages to cover an unfathomable amount of ground in 62 minutes, including treasures from Bunny Wailer, Dennis Bovell, King Tubby, Dillinger, and so much more besides.

Abena B2B Schuttle @ Bakk Heia

This time last week, Abena of All Hands On Deck and went B2B with Newcastle-born Schuttle at Manchester’s The White Hotel, sharing the bill with Prangers, DJ Mon T, Oblong Frog, and Bitzer Maloney. They were there to celebrate the sixth anniversary of Bakk Heia Records, the party/label he co-runs with Jorg Kuning. Both Abena and Schuttle have pretty broad palettes—the latter’s recent four-track EP, BH006, for example, zips through several shades and speeds of house and techno—but for this set they leaned more into dubstep, throwing in a few techier picks for extra depth.

DJ Raff for Balamii

Chilean selector and producer DJ Raff first started making moves in the ‘90s, embedding himself in the local hip-hop scene and developing a tremendous appetite for vinyl and tape hunting. Nowadays his palette’s more concerned with low-slung dance music, specifically from the Afro-Latin diaspora, but his love of samples and tape loops is stronger than ever. His ongoing monthly Balamii show, that he’s been diligently putting out since 2020, puts all of that on show. As much about sample selection as record selections, it’s hard to know where one ends and the other begins, creating something far greater than the sum of its parts.

DJ Deeon for Boiler Room

Originally recorded/broadcast back in 2014, this DJ Deeon set got re uploaded this week in light of the tragic passing of the Chicago icon. Deeon Boyd was the one-man throughline from the rougher edges of the ‘80s house music that raised him right through to ghetto house and later footwork, and himself became a source of inspiration for DJs and producers from just about every subgenre, style and niche movement. This set, a celebration of Dance Mania (one of the city’s most iconic and longest-running labels), is Deeon at his best. Funky, outrageously sexually explicit, but most importantly, the perfect nexus of ghetto house, Miami bass, footwork, electro, ’80s Chicago house, booty bass and everything else that converged in this man’s untouchable record bag.

Elijah w/ Jammz for Keep Hush

Last month, Elijah and Jammz released their Make The Ting project. Born of the Butterz co-founder’s ongoing series of yellow squares, the pair built the project in breakneck speed after Elijah reached out to Jammz. “Across Zoom and iMessage in 14 days we went from idea to writing and recording,” according to Elijah’s Instagram post. Featuring beats by Royal-T, DJ Q, Jack Dat, Gesher, Hitman Tina and Insomniak, Cory Syx, and Blay Vision, and mastered by Joker, the eight-track album proved an instant hit in the grime scene and a no-brainer for the Keep Hush team who booked the DJ/producer pair along with Dr. Mazza, KUNTEAA, and SI*BL who brought Duppy, Kruz Leone, JP, and Renz along.

Charisma w/ Ash C & General Courts for Reprezent

This Wednesday was a bit of a milestone for Charisma who celebrated his two-year anniversary on Reprezent. Stuffed with the usual cocktail of UK funky, club, grime and dubstep—punctuated with some of his trademark a capella blends—he celebrated the big day by splitting the show into two halves. The first was a B2B with Norwich based DJ Ash C for a three-deck mega session including the inspired use of an Eastenders garage dub no less. Then for the second half, Charisma brought in General Courts—who it turns out went to the same school as Charisma—for a grime-focused and mercilessly high-energy finale.


Posted on July 21, 2023